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The South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE) Southern Cape Regional Awards held in George on 31st August saw international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV walking away with two awards – one for the Construction of a new 12,5 megalitre reservoir at the old George water treatment works, and one for the Sonskynvallei Phase 2 Human Settlement Project.

George water treatment worksThe first award was for the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement: Institutional and Structural Engineering Project, for the reservoir at the old George water treatment works. George Municipality’s new reservoir provides storage of potable water mainly to the indigent communities of Thembalethu and Pacaltsdorp.

“The project is an example of excellent innovation and high-quality infrastructure, in an extremely challenging and restricted area. It is a success story of achievement through teamwork between the client, engineer and the contractor, while the supply to the community could not be interrupted,” the company said.

Sonskynvallei Phase 2 Human Settlement Project

Royal HaskoningDHV also won the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Achievement: Project Management and Construction Project for the Sonskynvallei Phase 2 Human Settlement Project. The project was directly linked to the Power Town informal settlement, as these residents reside on a flood line and urgently needed to be relocated.

Royal HaskoningDHV was appointed by Mossel Bay Municipality for the design, tender and construction of the project. The steep site topography presented a challenge to the designers to optimise the bulk earthworks design to achieve a solution which satisfies the access requirements and the financial constraints of the Department of Human Settlements Funding Model. The project created numerous work opportunities for the community.

These wins come on the back of regional awards from the SAICE in Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg, as well as the CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards.

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